Thursday, December 28, 2006

Monaco 2006

Monaco has new circulating types since december 2006.

The national face of their Euro coinage has changed:



The Monaco Coat of Arms:

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Tajikistan 2006

New circulating types:

These are really new types as the numerals are much bigger than in the 2001 items.



(information and images by Nuno Castela)

Thursday, December 21, 2006

South Korea 10 won 2006

New circulating type:



The coin is smaller and made of a different material, Copper clad Aluminum.

(information by Nam Khang, from Vietnam)

LINK: Bank of Korea

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Mexico 100 pesos 2006 - Michoacan

New circulating commemorative:

"Mexican States collection 2: Michoacan"

The coin depicts four Monarch Butterflies.



The Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus):



LINK: Banco de Mexico
LINK: Monarch Butterflies in Wikipedia

SPECIFICATIONS
Disc composition: Silver 0.925
Ring composition: Aluminium-Bronze
Weight: 33.967 g
Diameter: 39.00 mm
Edge: rifling

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Mexico 100 pesos 2006 - Estado de Mexico

New circulating commemorative:

"Mexican States collection 2: Estado de Mexico"
The coin depicts the Teotihuacan Sun Pyramid.



The real building:



LINK: Banco de Mexico

SPECIFICATIONS
Disc composition: Silver 0.925
Ring composition: Aluminium-Bronze
Weight: 33.967 g
Diameter: 39.00 mm
Edge: rifling

Monday, December 11, 2006

Latvia 1 lats 2006 - Pinecone

New circulating commemorative:



It's been struck in 2006 by Rahapaja Oy, Finland.

LINK: Bank of Latvia

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 21.75 mm
Weight: 4.80 g
Edge: inscriptions
Artists: Henrihs Vorkals and Janis Strupulis

Monday, December 4, 2006

Poland 2 zlotys 2006 - Aleksander Gierymski

New circulating commemorative:

"Polish painters: Aleksander Gierymski"



LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint
LINK: His art gallery

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Mintage: 1,000,000

Friday, December 1, 2006

Poland 2 zlotys 2006 - City of Kalisz

New circulating commemorative:

"Polish cities: KALISZ"



The real building:



LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint
LINK: Polish Cities Coins Program
Data about Kalisz: Kalisz

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Mintage: 1,100,000

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Kazakhstan 50 tenge 2006 - Altai Snowcock

New circulating commemorative:

"Altai Snowcock" (Tetraogallus Altaicus)



Images of this endangered bird:



Rarely seen within its narrow habitat in East Kazakstan Region, it inhabits only the alpine areas of the southern Altai mountains, including the Markokol Reserve. It is a resident bird, and overwinters in Kazakstan in flocks of 2 to 30 individuals. The population size in Kazakstan is unknown, but given the very small habitat it is most likely less than a few 100. To protect the Altai snowcock, it is essential to increase protective measures and to educate hunters and shepherds.

LINK: National Bank of Kazakhstan

SPECIFICATIONS
Weight: 11.37 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Thickness: 2.00 mm
Edge: grooved with 10 sectors of corrugation
Mintage: 50,000

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Nigeria 2006

New circulating types:
50 kobo resized
1 and 2 naira bimetallics



(information and images by Fabio Iorio)

LINK: Central Bank of Nigeria

Some notes about the Nigerian Coat of Arms:



The black shield represents the good earth of Nigeria.
The silver wavy bands represent the rivers Niger and Benue.
The white horses represent dignity.
The eagle represents strength.
The wreath is in the colors of the Nigerian flag.
The ground on which the bearings stand is Coctus Spectablis, which is a common wild flower found throughout Nigeria.
The motto says "Unity and faith, Peace and Progress".

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Poland 2 zlotys 2006 - Piast Horseman

New circulating commemorative:

"History of the Polish Cavalry: The Piast Horseman"



The Piast dynasty is a line of Kings and dukes that ruled Poland from its beginnings as an independent state up to 1370.
Branches of the Piasts continued to rule allied duchies in Masovia until 1526 and Silesia until 1675.

Piast was the legendary ancestor of these nobles. His name was first mentioned in the Chronicle of the Polish dukes by Gallus Anonymous, written in ca 1113.
Although the early dukes and kings considered themselves Piast's descendants, the term "Piast Dynasty" was invented in the 17th century by the historians, working for a number of rulers who governed their duchies in Silesia.
The last Piast George William, duke of Brzeg and Legnica, died in 1675.

LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Mintage: 1,000,000
Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpiaska

Monday, November 27, 2006

Kazakhstan 50 tenge 2006 - Altyn Kyran

New circulating commemoratives:

"Altyn Kyran insignia and star"



The Altyn Kyran (Golden Eagle) award was introduced in 1995. This award is conferred on citizens for outstanding state services to the Republic of Kazakhstan. The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan determines the recipients of the award.

LINK: National Bank of Kazakhstan

SPECIFICATIONS
Weight: 11.37 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Thickness: 2.00 mm
Edge: grooved with 10 sectors of corrugation
Mintage: 50,000

Thursday, November 23, 2006

United Kingdom 2007

4 new circulating commemoratives:



The new 50p coin marks the 100th anniversary of the Scouting Movement.
The 1 pound coin shows the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
The Abolition of the Slave Trade is celebrated with one of the 2 pounds coins.
The other 2 pounds coin commemorates the Act of Union that brought together the nations of Scotland and England under one Parliament.

LINK: British Royal Mint

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Kazakhstan 50 tenge 2006 - Zhubanov

New circulating commemorative:

"100th anniversary of Akhmet Zhubanov"



LINK: National Bank of Kazakhstan

SPECIFICATIONS
Weight: 11.37 g
Diameter: 31.00 mm
Thickness: 2.00 mm
Edge: grooved with 10 sectors of corrugation
Mintage: 50,000

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Friday, November 17, 2006

Poland 2 zlotys 2006 - City of Nowy Sacz

New circulating commemorative:

"Polish cities: NOWY SACZ"



The real building:



LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint
LINK: Polish Cities Coins Program
Data about Nowy Sacz: Nowy Sacz

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Mintage: 1,100,000

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Poland 2 zlotys 2006 - Laski Statute

New circulating commemorative:

"500th Anniversary of the Publication of the Statute by Laski"



LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Mintage: 1,000,000

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

China 1 yuan 2008 - Beijing Olympics

New commemoratives:

"2008 Beijing Olympics"



The common obverse design of these coins features the emblem of the XXIX Olympic Games and the platform of national stadium and track, and the title of the People's Republic of China, year 2008.
One of the reverse design features weightlifting Friendlies, the other reverse design features swimming Friendlies.

LINK: China Banknote Printing and Minting

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Brass
Diameter: 25.00 mm
Mintage: 10,000,000


Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Mexico 100 pesos 2006 - Jalisco

New circulating commemorative:

"Mexican States collection 2: Jalisco"
The coin depicts the Hospicio Cabañas.



The real building:



LINK: Banco de Mexico

SPECIFICATIONS
Disc composition: Silver 0.925
Ring composition: Aluminium-Bronze
Weight: 33.967 g
Diameter: 39.00 mm
Edge: rifling


Friday, October 27, 2006

USA 2007 - State Quarters

New circulating commemoratives.

The designs for the 5 new quarters are ready:



Montana: "Big Sky Country", shows a bull elk in the center posed on a rugged rock formation. In the background, the sun rises over the horizon of the plains of eastern Montana.

Washington: "The Evergreen State", depicts a salmon breaching the water with Mount Rainier as a backdrop.

Idaho: "Esto Perpetua", depicts the Peregrine falcon, a reflection of the Birds of Prey National Conservation Area and World Center for Birds of Prey in Idaho.

Wyoming: "The Equality State", features a bucking horse and rider in silhouette style.

Utah: "Crossroads of the West", features the first transcontinental railroad, effectively linking the United States from East to West, which was completed on 10 May 1869 at Promontory.

LINK: The United States Mint
LINK: Quarter Designs

SPECIFICATIONS
Weight: 5.67 g
Diameter: 24.26 mm
Thickness: 1.75 mm
Edge: reeded


Thursday, October 26, 2006

Hungary 50 forint 2006 - 1956 Revolution

New circulating commemorative:

"50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence"



LINK: Central Bank of Hungary
LINK: Hungarian Mint

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: CuNi
Weight: 7.70 g
Diameter: 27.40 mm
Mintage: 2,000,000
Artists: Istvan Kosa and Bartos Istvan Peter


Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Mexico 100 pesos 2006 - Hidalgo

New circulating commemorative:

"Mexican States collection 2: Hidalgo"
The coin depicts the Pachuca monumental clock.



The real monumental clock:



LINK: Banco de Mexico
LINK: Pachuca in Wikipedia

SPECIFICATIONS
Disc composition: Silver 0.925
Ring composition: Aluminium-Bronze
Weight: 33.967 g
Diameter: 39.00 mm
Edge: rifling


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

San Marino 2 euro 2006 - Christopher Columbus

New bimetallic circulating commemorative:

"500th anniversary of the death of Christopher Columbus"



LINK: Azienda Autonoma di Stato
LINK: Numi

SPECIFICATIONS
External ring: CuNi
Center disc: 3 layers, Ni-Brass, Ni, Ni-brass
Diameter: 25.75 mm
Width: 2.20 mm
Weight: 8.50 g
Mintage: 120,000
Artist: Luciana De Simoni


Friday, October 20, 2006

Poland 2 zlotys 2006 - Warsaw School of Economics

New circulating commemorative:

"Warsaw School of Economics"



The real building:



LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint
LINK: School of Economics

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Mintage: 1,000,000


Thursday, October 19, 2006

Portugal 5 euros 2006 - Mosteiro de Alcobaça

New circulating commemorative:

Serie Unesco: "Mosteiro de Alcobaça"



The real building:



LINK: Casa da Moeda

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Silver 500/1000
Diameter: 30.00 mm
Mintage: 82,000


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Nepal 50 rupees 2006 - Supreme Court

New circulating commemorative:

"Nepal Supreme Court Golden Jubilee"



LINK: Central Bank of the Kingdom of Nepal
LINK: Supreme Court of Nepal

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: CuNi
Diameter: 29.00 mm


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Canada 25 cents 2006 - Medal of Bravery

New circulating commemorative:

"Medal of Bravery"



LINK: Royal Canadian Mint

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: three-ply nickel finish plated steel
Weight: 4.00 g
Diameter: 23.88 mm
Edge: serrated
Mintage: 20,000,000
Artist: Cosme Saffioti


Monday, October 16, 2006

Venezuela 1000 bolivares 2006

New circulating bimetallic:

"1000 bolivares"



LINK: Banco Central de Venezuela

SPECIFICATIONS
Ring composition: CuAlNi
Center composition: CuNi
Weight: 8.50 g
Diameter: 24.00 mm
Width: 2.48 mm
Edge: lettered


Monday, October 9, 2006

Poland 2 zlotys 2006 - City of Chelmno

New circulating commemorative:

"Polish cities: CHELMNO"



The real building:



LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint
LINK: Polish Cities Coins Program
Data about Chelmno: Chelmno

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Mintage: 1,100,000


Friday, October 6, 2006

Poland 2 zlotys 2006 - City of Sandomierz

New circulating commemorative:

"Polish cities: SANDOMIERZ"



The real building:



LINK: National Bank of Poland
LINK: Polish State Mint
LINK: Polish Cities Coins Program
Data about Sandomierz: Sandomierz

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Nordic gold, CuAl5Zn5Sn1
Weight: 8.15 g
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Mintage: 1,100,000


Thursday, October 5, 2006

Russia 10 roubles 2006 - Cities

3 new bimetallic circulating commemoratives:

"Ancient Russian Towns: Belgorod, Kargopol and Torzhok"



LINK: Bank of Russia

SPECIFICATIONS
Diameter: 27.00 mm
Edge: corrugated with inscription


Wednesday, September 27, 2006

China 1 yuan 2006 - Dog year

New commemorative:

"Year of the Dog"



This New Year Commemorative one yuan Coin for 2006 is a legal tender of the People's Republic of China.
China issues such commemorative one yuan coin every year, since 2003 (Sheep year). This is the 4th issue. It comes with a great design booklet coin holder and a envelope. It also comes with a Certificate.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Nepal 1 rupee 2006

New circulating commemorative:

"Sri Talbarahi Temple"



LINK: Central Bank of the Kingdom of Nepal

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Brass plated Steel
Weight: 4.00 g
Diameter: 20.00 mm
Edge: plain
Minted at China Bank Note Printing and Minting Corporation


Monday, September 25, 2006

Hungary 50 forint 2006 - Red Cross

New circulating commemorative:

"125th anniversary of the foundation of the Hungarian Red Cross"


(information from Andras Majoros)

LINK: Central Bank of Hungary

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: CuNi
Weight: 7.70 g
Diameter: 27.40 mm
Mintage: 2,000,000
Designer: Istvan Kosa


Friday, September 22, 2006

Tajikistan 1 somoni 2006

New circulating commemoratives:

"1 somoni: Year of Aryan Civilization"

The National Bank of Tajikistan has minted these two jubilee coins dedicated to the Year of Aryan Civilization at the St. Petersburg mint.




LINK: National Bank of Tajikistan

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: CuNi
Weight: 5.20 g
Diameter: 24.00 mm
Width: 1,60 mm
Mintage: 100,000


Thursday, September 21, 2006

Portugal 10 euros 2006 - FIFA World Cup

New circulating commemorative:

"FIFA Germany World Championship 2006"



LINK: Casa da Moeda

SPECIFICATIONS
Composition: Silver 500/1000
Weight: 27.00 g
Diameter: 40.00 mm
Mintage: 100,000